What are the MATL-PS Class Schedule and Course Descriptions?
MATL-PS 501: Orientation
Course Description: PS501 is a one week class designed to introduce students to classmates, course instructors, the mechanics of the online portal and discussion forum, and the academic rigors of the program.
Semester One: (Introduction)
MATL-PS 511: Introduction to Transformational Leadership Theory
Course Description: In PS-511 students will be introduced to the field of transformational leadership theory. A concentration will be given to the history of transformational leadership theory noting the key personalities who contributed to the theory, the main characteristics of the theory, and the common application of the theory used in both religious and secular vocations and organizations since the 1970’s. Students will also explore the need for the revitalization of leadership and where leadership is headed in the future for effective Christian life service and leadership in the twenty-first century. (3 credit hours).
MATL-PS 512: Theological Perspectives on Transformational Leadership
Course Description: In PS-512 students are introduced to the missional, relational and Incarnational (MRI) model of leadership. Emphasis will be given to discovering the biblical foundation and historical roots of MRI. Focus will be given to exploring research data and literature noting how MRI is shaping Christian leadership today. (3 credit hours)
MATL-PS 513: Lab - Research Methods
Course Description: PS-513 is an introduction to the practical research methods commonly used in a graduate Capstone project or thesis. The course culminates with students proposing research ideas for their Capstone project and conducting focused research carried over from PS-511 and PS-512. (3 credit hours)
Semester Two: (Investigation)
MATL-PS 521: An Examination of Transformational Leadership Theory
Course Description: PS521 is designed to be a detailed investigation of the main concepts and components of the transformational leadership theory. In addition, students will begin investigating and critiquing how transformational leadership theory has impacted their profession and noting where additional contribution is needed. (3 credit hours)
MATL-PS522: Forging a Theological Leadership Model for the 21st Century
Course Description: In PS522 students will investigate the transformational leadership models of two key biblical personalities: Jesus Christ and Moses. Emphasis will be given to identifying the connecting points that exist between the missional, relational and incarnational model with transformational leadership theory. In additional, students will identify the biblical connecting points with the five main characteristics of transformational leadership theory as modeled through the leadership of Jesus Christ and Moses. (3 credit hours)
MATL-PS 523: Lab - Research Proposal
Course Description: In PS523 students will formally identify their Capstone project, submit a list of key words and phrases to be use in research, and conduct an investigation of research data and literature related to their Capstone proposal and content presented in PS-521 and PS-522. (3 credit hours)
Semester Three: (Identification)
MATL-PS 531: Comparing Contemporary Leadership Models with Transformational Leadership Theory
Course Description: PS531 identifies contemporary leadership models and critiques them with transformational leadership theory. A concentration will be given to understanding the importance of the leader’s personal awareness and leadership IQ. Students will identify the transformational principles necessary for personal growth and cultural transformation. Topics like followership, impact in leadership, fostering a shared culture of a common vision, mission, and values among others in the organization will be identified. In addition, students will examine and assess their leadership qualities by taking the “Leading From Your Strengths Assessment” questionnaire. (3 credit hours)
MATL-PS532: Theological Leadership in Strategy and Practice
Course Description: PS532 focuses on identifying and responding to the challenges facing contemporary Christian leaders today. Students will identify and critique the leadership styles of Biblical personalities from both the Old and New Testament including the 12 people Jesus Christ chose for His leadership team. Attention will be given to identifying the five common characteristics, the common practices, and ten commandments of transformational leadership with the life and leadership model of Jesus Christ. The course culminates with the students outlining their theology of leadership and assessing their ability to motivate others by taking the Motivating By Appreciation (MBA) Inventory. (3 credit hours)
MATL-PS 533: Lab- Research Outline
Course Description: PS533 is designed to give students structure to their Capstone project through the continuation of focused research germane to their Capstone project and class material presented in PS-531 and PS-532. The data students identify will culminate in the creation of an introductory paragraph, detailed outline, and bibliography to be used in their Capstone project. (3 credit hours)
Semester Four: (Infusion)
MATL-PS 541: Strategic Leadership – The Professional Application of Transformational Leadership Theory.
Course Description: In PS541 students examine behavioral models and the operating strategies needed to infuse transformational leadership theory into followers and organizations. Focus will be given to the strategy of infusing the specific elements of transformational leadership theory necessary for cultural transformation. In addition, students will explore how to infuse excellence, collaboration, conscious awareness, consequences, need assessment, follower empowerment through situational leadership, and shared decision making into followers and organizations.
(3 credit hours)
MATL-PS 542: Leading in Community - Applying Theological Principles of Transformation to Self, Community, and Culture
Course Description: In PS542 students will define and examine the relational strategy Jesus Christ used to infuse and transform the culture of His day. Students will give focused attention to the Royal Law of Christ and His mandate to infuse culture. In addition students will discover the five major transformational calls of God located in scripture designed to address the world’s most critical problems. (3 credit hours)
MATL-PS 543: Lab - Capstone Draft
Course Description: InPS543 students will conduct focused research germane to PS-541 and PS-542 and their Capstone project. The course will culminate with students presenting a final draft and give an oral defense of their Capstone project demonstrating the acquisition of scholarship, critical thinking, creativity and written communication skills. (3 credit hours)